A high school student in New York has stabbed two classmates out of frustration and killed one.
On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 18-year-old Abel Cedeno stabbed 15-year-old Matthew McCree and 16-year-old Ariane Laboy. McCree died from his injuries.
According to NBC 4 News, police are charging Cedeno with attempted murder, manslaughter, and assault.
During a third-period history class, Cedeno walked into the classroom and stabbed both McCree and Laboy with a switchblade in front of other students.
Authorities aren’t sure how the suspect got the switchblade into the school. Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation doesn’t have metal detectors.
However, that is subject to change as the school is looking to install them immediately.
At a news conference, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce explained that the suspect had many disputes with the victims throughout the year. Boyce commented saying, ”there were few arguments going on for two weeks, into the school year, and it escalated today after some back and forth within the classroom.”
Walking out of the Bronx police precinct on Wednesday night Cedano replied, ”yes” to reporters asking if he had been bullied.
A family member of Cedano talked with reporters and explained that the suspect was a, “very excellent, good kid.” A friend of the suspect confirmed that Cedano had been bullied many times before.
The victims were rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where McCree died from a wound to his chest. Laboy also suffered from stab wounds to the chest but is currently stable.
Students described scary moments of being in closets as the school was on lockdown.
Eighth-grader Abbie Mincey remembers seeing a guidance counselor who couldn’t calm herself down. The guidance counselor told her, “I’ve never seen this much blood in my life.”
Many parents were upset when they could not see their kids or get information about what was happening. Rosalyn Valoy a parent explained her frustration saying, “I’m very upset. No one wants to send a child to school to be in danger.”
Cedano is in police custody. Information on his attorney hasn’t been released.
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(Source: NBC 4 News)
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